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The Mariner's Inn
The Mariner's Inn

The Mariner's Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://marinersmadison.com
  • Phone: (608) 246-3120
  • Hours of Operation:

    Bar Open Nightly at 4:30; Happy Hour M - F 4:30 - 6:00
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: We now cater off-site events. For outstanding food and memorable hospitality, please contact us in person at any of our restaurants or call/email us regarding your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: We now can accommodate private groups from 2 to 400 guests. We have three private dining rooms as well as our beautiful outside waterfront lawn area available. Make your Mariner’s event even more unique by packaging it with a cruise on Betty Lou Cruises. Please ask the manager for details on how to make your next business, social or holiday gathering a memorable one.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westport Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Mariner's Inn
When Bill and Betty Von Rutenberg opened The Mariner’s Inn in 1966, they set out to provide a steak and seafood dining experience like none other. Mouth watering, delicious steaks aged to perfection and an assortment of seafood from lobster to the famous Friday Fish Fry.



Bill and Betty’s sons, Bill, Jack, and Robert, along with their crew, now carry on the tradition of outstanding hospitality of von Rutenberg Ventures. Waterfront dining on the patio and a sunset over the marina make dinner at Mariner’s an evening to remember.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is what shrimp should taste like when you go out. I was so pleasantly surprised....I would make the trip just for that but the rest of the meal was very enjoyable. Service and surroundings capped off a wonderful dinner out!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "we had a group of 3 generations celebrating 2 birthdays. everyone loved the nautical atmosphere,the drinks were fantastic, the steaks were done to perfection and the seafood was wonderfully delicious and healthful. the young adults loved the 'included' salad and vegetable and the steaks were sizzling hot. the hash brown potatoes were devoured by us all ..and were as wonderful as we had all hoped they would be. staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. we arrived by boat and had a reservation for our 'odd' number of guests. overall one of the BEST birthday dinners ever. this is our 'go-to' steak restaurant ..for all occasions//anywhere in the Madison area."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "8 of us to celebrate anniversaries. Felt welcome from the time we entered. Waitress excellent. Food superb!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "For $33 you received a steak, salad and potato. Nothing special about the steak, although it was a good sized portion. The hashbrowns were delicious as advertised. Nice location and dinner, but won't return often due to the price."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food and service. The staff always made sure we had water, rolls or anythind else we needed."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Mariner's Inn has been a good place to go for special occasions, if you are not too concerned about price vrs. quality. The wait staff are always friendly and you can't beat the view of the marina ... very enjoyable patio overlooking the water. Food prices seem a bit high for the quantity and quality of food you receive. Drink prices are reasonable. As far as ambiance and furnishings, it is much like stepping back into a typical Wisconsin supper club ... seems to not have been updated in decades."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A great dinner, don't know how it could have been better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries over the years at Mariner's Inn. Love the friendly people that greet us and the always wonderful food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The Mariner's Inn is consistent QUALITY - for us it is close to home, accessible for my wife's mobility scooter & they make you feel like they really appreciate your business. We have heard complaints & parts of the building are a bit dated, but for us it is just the best. A local "supper club" that you just know will be a good dining experience. Far more enjoyable than the national chain locations."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We arrived exactly on time for the 6:30 reservation we had. We waited for quite awhile to be seated. I spoke to the hostess a second time asking why others were seated before us when they knew our total party was there. They did seat us shortly there after. We all ordered the "famous" hash browns but were disappointed that they were not very special. The decor needs to be updated…. It is basically the same as when I dined at Mariners 20 years ago."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The quality of food, service and ambiance has been consistently strong for generations! We hadn't been here in a while and asked ourselves, why not?! The service was slow for some reason on this visit, but apologies and comp desserts were offered without a need for us to mention it. There's something very special about a family-owned tradition!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy the Mariner's. The staff and service are most pleasant and accommodating. Also, very efficient service. The food -we had the shrimp - the best. I am so glad that they now offer a half size of 3 shrimp because they are very large and the best we have in the area. They area also known for their hash brown potatoes served family style."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "good atmosphere. good view of boat docks & water. casual dining atmosphere. Skip the broiled walleye. French fries were excellent Haddock was excellent. Cole slaw serving was very small. For an excellent Friday night dinner, go to THE CAPRI, in Columbus,WI. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We dined outside and it was extremely pleasant except for the Mosquitos which attacked our ankles."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have eaten at Mariners Inn several times and every time I am expecting it to live up to the hype that is made over it. Every time I continue to be disappointed. Once again, the food I ordered was just average. It wasn't bad, other than the shrimp being overcooked. When I go to a restaurant and spend on average $50/person, I just expect everything to be much better than what it ever has been when I've gone to Mariners Inn. I would not return to this restaurant unless someone else was taking me. There are several places I have been to that have far exceeded my experience at Mariners and some of them have been at a more reasonable price point too."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Meal was good but service was very slow. Waitress friendly and engaging so not sure if it was the kitchen that was making service slow or the waitress. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were lucky to have gorgeous weather, no bugs and to sit outside looking over the river and docks. Lightly breaded walleye was done perfectly and we rated it more highly than the deep fried haddock. The haddock was good, but deep fried and, as expected, a bit heavier. We added a clam chowder and it was well worth it. With the chowder add-on, the portions were more than ample and left no room for dessert. [We felt the hash browns were a bit greasy and not as "special" as advertised.]"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "After reading other reviews on-line and deciding to come to The Mariner's Inn for an anniversary dinner, I was hopeful we would not be in the notable percentile of reviews that had an unfavorable experience. Unfortunately for us, we ended up with poor service (the waiter had the attention span of a fish out of water as he ran from table to table). The food was mediocre at best. Walleye had no flavor, the salads were wilted, the calamari was rubber, and the steaks were ok (but not for the price). Unfortunately, we left unsatisfied with the experience and probably will not return even though it is one of the few restaurants we can access by water on the lake."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A disappointment, almost empty food containers. no toppings for the ice cream sundaes. Waitresses standing around when there were no plates, dishes available or food bins to be filled. Too much money for what was presented. Not prepared for a crowd. Bartender pleasant and the drinks were good"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The reservation was easy to do and also receiving the confirmation assured me of my reservation. The service was excellent and the waitress was very courteous and helpful. The food of course, was also excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mariners to anyone looking for a great steak and or sea food restaurant to dine. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Dine for romantic dinner and mothers day brunch and was never disappointed at either. Looking forward to visiting again. Thanks for your hospitality and great food. Charmaine "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We wanted something different, not just a Friday fish fry you know the same old thing, It was wonderful ,great service, wonderful food , a great spot. Thank you"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our family met at the Mariners Inn for Easter Brunch. This was the first time we dined here. We were there at the 2:00 pm seating which was the last for the day. The variety of items was very nice with a mix of breakfast items like eggs Benedict, waffles, and made to order omelets to seafood items like peel and eat shrimp, smoked salmon and a mussels- shrimp dish. Desserts and an ice cream bar. Although the place is made of several smaller dining rooms, they didn't overcrowd it. The only complaint was that some of the food ran out and some seemed a little old. Perhaps due to the late time in mid afternoon. The view of the harbor and docks is great. Overall we will be back for dinner or lunch sometime soon. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was outstanding ! The service was tremendous . I would recommend this place to anyone! We are returning this summer to go on one of their brunch cruises!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My fried haddock was greasy and undercooked. The batter was still doughy on the inside...I regretted not sending it back to the kitchen. The accompanying steak fries were also greasy and not crisp enough for my liking."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was great. The waiter was very nice, but unfocused. He had to ask me 4 times what sides I wanted because he kept stopping to talk with the other table. It is just disrespectful when waitstaff doesn't listen to what you want to order. Especially when the tip averages to $20. He also forgot our silverware and we sat waiting for those for 5 minutes after we got our salads. Nice guy though, very friendly...."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A great experience on a Friday! Mariner's continues to impress with the quality of their food. Lots of places have Friday fish fries. Few have haddock as their entree and fewer have as good a product as Mariner's Inn."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I cannot even express in words how fantastic the service and food was!!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my wife there for her birthday dinner. we had a very nice time and the food and service were as good as I expected from the Mariner's inn.We will be back again this summer."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was my third time back to Mariner's in the last three months. I don't know how or why but Mariner's fell off my radar for years but when looking for a place to meet a colleague for a meeting she suggested Mariner's. We only had drinks but it brought me back to the charm of Mariner's. A few weeks later I went for dinner and had a great experience. This past Saturday we returned to for a special dinner to show and out of town Guest from Louisiana what Madison has to offer and once again the Atmosphere, Drink, Food and Service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was the best steak we've had, maybe ever, in the Madison area! My Father has been in the food industry his entire career and he was thrilled with his meal & entire experience at The Mariner's Inn. We were celebrating our parents 50th wedding anniversary, and thanks to Jack and his staff it was an amazing night!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have to say I was happy with the entire service,food and just plain hospitality. I would consider taking my beat friend their as a tray. You have a gem of a location and just the right people and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went because we had a coupon to use, but forgot to use it... I think we'll probably go back again. Nice quiet atmosphere, food was better than I can do at home. It was a nice change in feel from the places with TV screens everywhere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "the shrimp was good but not great, the clam chowder was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Because you have asked how our evening was, I must say that the lighting was so poor that if I had not read the menu on line, I would have been in big trouble. And when the food came I could see the steak with the crab on top but I did eat something that I was not sure what I was eating ~~ It had been years since we had been there and the lighting sure spoiled the evening, Turn up the lights abit !!!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have lived in Madison for 15 years and never thought to try the Mariners Inn. This Valentines Day I was in search of a new place since our usual restaurants were booked. Luckily, we were able to get a reservation at Mariners. The food was wonderful and the service was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Overall it was a great dining experience - very good food. Took a bit long to get the check paid- not sure why - but became a bit annoying. It was clear we were done,but it took a long time for them to pick up payment so we could leave. Other than paying the check- great dining experience and I would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "food was pretty good, usually it is fantastic. multiple babies crying in dining room areas, waitress was awful, rude, didn't really take care of our needs. 2 of us, brought 1 roll each. asked for crispy hash browns and was told in a loud tone, no extras tonight, we are busy! i was hoping for a romantic valentines date, didn't get it. maybe not the right place for valentines, but i was thinking it would be. who takes kids out to this place on valentines?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 8:30 pm. The restaurant called and asked to move our reservation back to 8:45 pm. Had to wait to be seated. The food and the service was very good. Overall a very nice evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service and food were outstanding! Not great beer choices & martini was not worth the price but the food more than made up for that! Would definitely recommend Mariner's to others and will come back in the summer to sit outdoors."
    Dined on 2/14/2014